Embroidered Orchid Quilt… finished!

I completed an embroidery of an orchid  back in September. I drew my design based on a copyright free image I found online onto a piece of Essex linen and did the stitching in #8 perle cotton from House of Embroidery.IMG_3387And there I left it until my dad arrived from England to give it the OK and some idea of what size little quilt he was hoping for!

Instructions given, I pieced a simple designusing more linen and layered my top with wool batting and a cotton backing fabric. Quilting started on Thursday afternoon with some stitch in the ditch stabilizing lines. I followed up with my chrysanthemum design as the ideal background filler for the center panel. My BERNINA 530 made easy work of the project…IMG_4541Looking good so far?IMG_4568Time for a simple feather in the small border and then the cross hatching in the pink rectangles…IMG_4549… to be followed by a free motion squiggle, all in a neutral 50 weight Aurifil cotton thread…
IMG_4554Lots of travel threads to trim and then a narrow border and the binding and ta-da!

The finished 18″ x 24″ quilt.IMG_4573I put triangles on the back ready for a hanging rod,IMG_4578and signed it!IMG_4576I think he liked it!!IMG_4580It’s been a busy two weeks with dad in town. He’s flying tonight. It’s only been five years since he first asked for an orchid quilt. It’s finished ready to fly too!

7 Comments

  1. Susan Earl said:

    Absolutely beautiful!

    December 5, 2015
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  2. Carole Mercer said:

    Gorgeous!!

    December 5, 2015
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  3. jane Teague said:

    Oh, what a beautiful gift for a special person who is well-deserving of it, I am sure! There is nothing like a gift from hands and heart.

    December 5, 2015
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  4. Sheila Osbrink said:

    Beautiful! Lucky man..

    December 5, 2015
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  5. Kara said:

    Absolutely lovely!!! I enjoy every piece of your embroidery ~ ~ which I used to love to do, but haven’t done now for so long ~ ~ maybe you will yet inspire me. This might just be my favorite piece of yours yet ~ ~ the quilting and piecing and the whole package. Just beautiful in every way. I’m so pleased to see it in your father’s hands. You must feel a real sense of satisfaction with this completion. (I have some 5-year requests out there waiting for inspiration as well 🙂 I totally understand the creative development process.)

    December 6, 2015
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  6. Virginia said:

    Love, love, love this Orchid quilt; you did a beautiful job.

    January 10, 2016
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